SUP Day - Ngamanawa

Mauao Adventures are proud to present


Lower Kaimais, Tauranga


Ngamanawa is a place in the Lower Kaimai area lush with native virgin forest.  Nestled in the midst is a private lodge with its own lake. 

We head to Waitaia Lodge and paddle Lake Mangaonui.  We also go for some bush walking and harvest flax for raaranga (flax weaving), and weave a little taonga (gift) for us to take away. We finish with a cooked dinner, then peek the glow worms before heading back to the vehicles.

This exclusive event is suited to the nature-curious paddler who desires to get that little inch closer to the environment we are dependent on for the blessing of life.


Waitaia Lodge is nestled among virgin forest and is owned and operated by the Ngamanawa Incorporation.  Native bird song fills the air along with the fresh smells of Papatuaanuku (Maori entity for the Earth).


With no man-made noise in hearing, save the odd vehicle driving by once every few hours, we introduce ourselves to Lake Mangaonui.  In it, there are trout and eels.  Off it, more beautiful native bush and the sounds of nature.



Sunday 27 Sep


9:30am - Meet at forestry gates
10:00am - Arrive at Waitaia Lodge, whakatau (welcome)
10:30am - SUP the lake
12:30pm - Lunch
1:00pm - Guided bush walk with Hemi O'Callaghan
3:00pm - Break
3:30pm - Raaranga (flax weaving) with Christine McLeod
5:30pm - Dinner
6:30pm - Glow worm viewing
7:00pm - Leave Waitaia Lodge


$140 for Mauao SUP Club members
$175 for non-members
Plus credit card fees. (You don't have to pay by credit card). 


👉🏽 Dinner and all-day beverages.
👉🏽 Pick ups and drop offs to and from the forestry gate.
👉🏽 Any SUP equipment needed, including board.
👉🏽 Raaranga experience. 
👉🏽 Guided cultural bush walk. 
👉🏽 All health and safety covered for the entire weekend. 
👉🏽 Qualified SUP instructor, Certified NZ SUP school. 


👈🏽 Lunch 

Things To Note

☝🏽 We can provide all SUP equipment needed, or you can choose to bring your own. 
☝🏽 Bring a packed lunch and water bottle.
☝🏽 More detailed information will be sent upon registration.